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September 16, 2010

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UN to launch second Pak flash appeal tomorrow

UN to launch second Pak flash appeal tomorrow
ISLAMABAD: Upon the request of Pakistan, the United Nations is going to launch the second flash appeal tomorrow (Friday) by asking the donors to provide $1 billion to $1.3 billion for meeting pressing financial requirements of early recovery plan for next six months in the aftermath of floods.
The early recovery plan will be aimed at restoring livelihood in the areas hit by floods that destroyed assets of over 20 million population of Pakistan. “Yes, the UN will launch another flash appeal from New York tomorrow (September 17) for requesting the donors to help Islamabad,” UN spokesman in Islamabad said while talking to The News here on Wednesday.
To a question about rough estimates required for early recovery plan, he said that the early recovery plan would be a component of the next flash appeal but declined to share any rough estimates.
The UN had asked the donors for providing $459 million for early relief phase after which the commitments from the donors increased but the actual disbursements remained slow in the last few weeks.
The official sources said that the UN had envisaged to assist the flood affected people in four areas by dividing them into clusters of shelter, food, health and water and sanitation in its relief phase, while in early recovery plan the numbers of clusters will be expanded to 12 sectors for which assistance will be provided to flood affected people.
When contacted spokesman of Economic Affairs Division said that the donors have committed $1.273 billion after this flood situation but, he conceded, the disbursement process was not up to the desired mark.
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